Stratford: 01789 266941 Shipston: 01608 662873 Campden: 01386 848884


Greys Opticians is a small, independent, family-run group of three practices in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire which was established in 1984 by husband and wife, Christopher and Elizabeth Grey, who have both worked within the profession for thirty years. Using that experience, they now exclusively own and look after their practices in Chipping Campden, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon. Being completely independent, we have freedom to choose and stock any make or type of frame, spectacle lens or contact lens, giving our patients the benefit of the widest possible choice. This, together with good, unhurried service and sound professional advice is our philosophy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it true that wearing glasses all the time will make my eyes lazy and I will become dependent on them?
A: No. When people wear the correct glasses they realise that they can see more clearly and comfortably. What they may have considered normal and acceptable before is now inferior by comparison.

Q: How old does a child have to be before he or she can have an eye examination?
A: Any age really. A child's eyes have finished developing by the time they are about eight years old. Many health authorities screen children in their area at around three years of age, but if you are concerned, or if there are any members of your family with eye problems, then it is best to have your child's eyes tested as early as possible.

Q: I am diabetic. Does that make a difference?
A: Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is the most common cause of blindness in people of working age in the Western world. It is therefore very important that your eyes are checked every year, preferably with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (at the back of the eye) can be examined thoroughly for diabetic changes. With strict control, diabetic retinopathy is largely preventable.

Q: If there is a history of glaucoma in my family, am I likely to inherit it?
A: If there is glaucoma in the family, you may be more at risk of developing it. Glaucoma can be treated effectively if it is diagnosed in time, so be sure to have a regular eye examination. If you are 40 years of age or over an annual sight test is recommended.

Q: What are cataracts?
A: A cataract is when the lens inside the eye (behind the pupil) gets cloudy preventing you from seeing clearly. It is not a curtain or film that grows over the eye. Cataracts develop to a greater or lesser extent in many people as they get older, but often do not affect peoples eyesight severely.

Q: Are paper tissues alright for cleaning my glasses with?
A: No. If you have plastic lenses in your spectacles then dry tissues will scratch them. It is generally better to use soapy water and a soft cloth. Lenses with anti-glare coatings should be cleaned with a special cloth and spray.

Q: I have been told that I cannot wear contact lenses because I have astigmatism. Is this true?
A: There are many kinds of contact lenses available now which will correct astigmatism, both in soft and gas permeable materials.

Q: I have heard that contact lenses can slip round to the back of the eye. Is this true?
A: No. There is a transparent membrane which covers the inside of the eyelids and the outside of the eye. This forms a seal which prevents contact lenses, as well as grit, dust and other foreign material, passing around to the back of the eye. It has been known for contact lenses to hide beneath the eyelids, but this is easily rectified.

Optical Coherence Tomography

We now offer Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), an advanced eye scan for patients of all ages. This new technology can detect the very early stages of macular degeneration and glaucoma, and many other conditions.
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